SecondBite

David Williamson

Chairman

David became Chairman of SecondBite in September 2017, having been a Director since 2011. Reflecting his commitment to the less fortunate in our society, David has a long history of involvement with the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal in Victoria, and is also a Trustee of The Scobie and Claire Mackinnon Trust. David is Deputy Chairman of Flagstaff Partners, a leading independent corporate advisory firm based in Melbourne. He was previously Head of Group Legal and Chief Compliance Officer of BHP Billiton and, for around 25 years, a partner of law firm Ashurst (formerly Blake Dawson) where he occupied various leadership positions, and as a mergers and acquisition expert led a number of major transactions

Simone Carson

Co-founder

Simone co-founded SecondBite with Ian Carson in 2005. A registered Nurse with a keen focus on children’s health, Simone worked in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at the Royal Children’s Hospital and coordinated research projects for the Infectious Diseases Department. She also gained a certificate in Pediatric Intensive Care. Simone completed a Bachelor of Education at La Trobe University and the Graduate Company Directors Course at the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She has a special interest in volunteers, who are the “golden thread” enabling the significant growth and expansion of SecondBite’s work in the community. Simone is a member of the SecondBite Food Security Advisory Committee, Volunteer Committee and a Trustee of the SecondBite Future Trust. She is a board member of the St Vincent’s Institute Foundation.

Flavia Gobbo

Flavia has extensive experience as a senior corporate lawyer with Telstra and as a Senior Associate at King & Wood Mallesons. She has many years of experience in the Telstra Legal Services team, including acting as Assistant Company Secretary, and Company Secretary for the Telstra Foundation. Prior to this Flavia was a Senior Associate at King Wood & Mallesons. Flavia has a wide range of both legal and management experience, particularly in the areas of Product Management, Corporate Governance, Treasury, Trade Practices, Dispute Resolution and Insurance Law. Flavia is a member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and the Queensland Advisory Committee.

Andrew Monotti

Andrew is currently Partner, King & Wood Mallesons and Adjunct Senior Associate, Faulty of Law, Monash University. Andrew specialises in competition law (including third party access), utility regulation, joint ventures, contracts and intellectual property. In competition law he concentrates on transactions, Australian Competition and Consumer (ACCC) approvals of mergers and acquisitions and advice and compliance programs, including National Competition Policy reforms. He has been involved in significant Australian and international and global mergers and acquisitions and competition law issues across various essential industries. Andrew also specialises in franchising and other forms of distribution and dealer arrangements. Andrew has co-lectured in competition law at Monash University for a number of years.

Sheridan Lee

Sheridan was appointed Director of SecondBite in August 2013. Sheridan is Managing Director and Principal of Shed Enterprises Pty Ltd, a specialised financial services, public relations and third-party marketing consultancy and has over 28 years’ experience in PR and marketing within financial services in Australia.

After starting her career in financial journalism, Sheridan then moved into marketing, working with global financial services groups including Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and Alliance Capital. Sheridan then moved into marketing, working with global financial services groups including Swiss Bank Corp (now UBS) and Alliance Capital. Her role entailed business development, client servicing, branding and product development for the Australian institutional marketplace. Initially devoted to marketing global investment management firms in Australia, Sheridan has worked for a number of leading financial services houses in various capacities including business development and media strategy.

Sam Schachna

Sam was appointed Director of SecondBite in July 2016 and is a member of the Risk and Finance Committee. Sam has over 18 years of experience across the Consumer Goods, Financial and IT Advisory Services industries. Sam’s professional career commenced at KPMG, where for over six years he led projects and provided strategic, regulatory and financial advice to leading blue-chip clients.

In 2008, Sam joined Menora Foods, a national leader in fast moving consumer goods. As Managing Director, Sam led a nation-wide team of over 150 staff with responsibility across domestic and international operations. In 2015, Menora was acquired by Monde Nissin, one of the leading branded food manufacturers in the ASEAN region. In 2017, Sam co-founded Simple Foods and the Whole Food Vitamin Company. Sam leads a team to develop and market a range of innovative natural and organic brands including Pana Organics, Simple Tribe, Tribe Organics and The Natural Vitamin Co.

Georgia Beattie

Georgia Beattie is the CEO of Start Up Victoria, the largest entrepreneurship group in Victoria. As CEO, Georgia has been charged with the responsibility “to make Victoria the number one tech destination in the Asia Pacific,”. Georgia is a successful, global entrepreneur & a pioneer of the single-serve wine industry. Georgia founded Single Serve Packaging in 2010 after attending a festival and asking for a glass of wine only to be told it was too hard to serve at large functions. Single Serve specialises in pre-filling wine in a shatterproof PET plastic wine glass for places where glass is dangerous or just inconvenient. With a passion for business & innovation, entrepreneurship has been a major focus in her studies domestically (RMIT) & with the #1 university of Entrepreneurship Internationally, Babson. While at University Georgia was awarded an Honouree Member of the Golden Key International Honour Society 2008 for receiving marks within the top 2% as well as having her work published in Marketing Core Concepts & Applications, 2nd Edition (John Wiley 2007).

Rebecca Bedford

Rebecca is a Partner with law firm MinterEllison, in the Dispute Resolution Group. She specialises in distribution and supply chain issues in all industries including, automotive, energy, fast moving consumer goods, fitness and telecommunications. She also regularly advises on regulatory compliance (including competition and franchising) intellectual property, comparative advertising and general dispute resolution. She regularly speaks at legal events, including the International Bar Association's annual conference, on legal issues arising from international distribution arrangements.

Benedicte Colin

Benedicte is an experienced senior executive, company director and corporate counsel. She is particularly experienced in creating and leading multi-national joint ventures and public-private partnerships for large infrastructure operations.

As Chief Executive of Keolis Downer, Benedicte led the largest private operator of multi-modal public transport in Australia. Under her leadership Yarra Trams, the largest tram network in the world, delivered superior customer satisfaction and the lowest fare evasion on record; GoldLink, the Gold Coast’s first light rail line successfully commenced operations and surpassed all patronage estimates; and KD acquired a significant bus operator doubling the size of KD’s business in Australia.

As Refinancing Project Manager, Acting CEO and General Counsel/Corporate Secretary at Aquasure, the international joint venture responsible for the finance, design, construction and operation of Australia’s largest desalination plant, Benedicte led a $3.7Bn refinancing which lowered the cost of debt, diversified funding and strengthened the capital structure of the business.

In Paris, Benedicte was the co-founder and partner of the law firm, De Gaulle Fleurance & Associates where she handled large merger and acquisition transactions.

Benedicte holds a Baccalaureate with distinction in Mathematics and Science and an MBA from ESSEC in Paris. She also holds a postgraduate degree in Business and Tax Law from University of Strasbourg and is admitted to practice law at the Paris bar. Benedicte is an Australian citizen based in Sydney. She is fluent in English and French.

Bradley Gorman

Bradley Gorman joined SecondBite as Director in July 2017 and is currently General Manager Fresh Produce at Coles Supermarkets, responsible for a team of 75 people and a business of over $4 billion. With thirteen years’ experience in buying and retail across Meat, Bakery, Delicatessens and Fresh Produce, Brad has developed an intimate understanding of fresh sourcing and supply chains, and has built a passion for working with Australian farmers to feed Australians nutritious, affordable, quality produce.

Previously Brad was with PwC specialising in corporate finance and strategy consulting across a variety of sectors, including finance retail, media and construction. Brad holds qualifications from the University of Technology, Sydney and the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Australia.

David Lomax

Dave was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 and is Chair of the SecondBite Finance & Risk Committee. Dave is a Partner in the Ernst & Young (EY) Transaction Diligence team with over 16 years of professional experience in the UK and Australia covering M&A and Audit. Since joining the EY Transaction Diligence team in 2006, Dave has gained significant financial due diligence experience, working with clients on a number of significant Australian and international M&A transactions.

Dave sponsored SecondBite through the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Program in 2015, in which SecondBite was crowned EY Southern Region 2015 Social Entrepreneur of the Year.

Dave is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a Member of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand.

Julian Martin

Julian was appointed Director of SecondBite in February 2018 having previously been Chairman of the NSW Advisory Committee. Julian is the founding partner of BrandCentral, a Sydney based branding and research agency. For almost 30 years, he has held CEO, Managing Director or board director roles for advertising agencies in Melbourne, Sydney, New York and London. He has co-founded two agencies that were subsequently purchased by public holding companies. Julian has had a 30 year career in marketing, communications and research. He has previously worked for Chiat/Day/ Mojo (Sydney, New York and London), Bartle Bogle Hegarty London, and The Campaign Palace Melbourne.  Community roles have included being a Woollahra Councillor and on the board of the Holdsworth St Community Centre.

Julian is a Graduate of The Harvard Business School’s Owner President Program and holds a Bachelor of Economics (Finance) from Monash University.

Matt Preston

Matt was appointed Director of SecondBite in October 2018 after a long association with our organisation. Matt is an award-winning food journalist and best-selling cookbook author. He is also the co-host and judge on one of the most-watched cooking shows in the world, MasterChef Australia and an active ambassador of SecondBite and food rescue and relief.

Matt writes a weekly column for delicious on Sunday read by 4 million Australians every week. He is also a senior editor for delicious and taste magazines, and contributes to one of Australia’s best-read website, taste.com.au with a monthly reach of 2 million food lovers.

Matt has released 5 best-selling cook books which have been published in Australia, South Africa, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Portugal.

Ian Carson

Co-founder (Retired from Board August 2017)

Ian is a co-founding partner of SecondBite and is the founding partner of PPB Advisory. He has been instrumental in turning around organisations in crisis and helped clients to protect their financial positions and reputations. Ian was a Board member of the Preston and Northcote Community Hospital 1992–1996 and the PPB Advisory team leader supporting the successful 2010 settlement by Diego for Thalidomide victims.

Ian gained a Bachelor of Economics at Monash University, a Post Graduate Diploma of Accounting at La Trobe University and completed the Owner President Manager course at Harvard Business School. He is a Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Director and Chairman of Partners, PPB Advisory. Ian is a member of the Social Ventures Australia Leadership Council (Melbourne) and member of the SecondBite Fundraising Committee and Trustee, SecondBite Future Trust.